Three on money at Shelbourne Irish Greyhound Derby
Ulster has three of the six finalists in the prestigious €125,000 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park next Saturday night.
Derry butcher Paul Ellis owns two of them, 6/4 favourite Farloe Blitz and half-brother Farloe Rumble, both trained in Tipperary by Owen McKenna while Newry's Brendan Matthews has high hopes with strong finisher Cable Bay.
Blitz won his semi-final from trap-to-line, getting the better of previously unbeaten Ballymac Matt. Going off evens favourite, Farloe, a finalist in the English Derby, won the race to the corner and held Matt by three-quarters of a length with Peregrine Falcon back in third, beaten just over four lengths in 29.54 (550).
The other penultimate heat also went to the market leader, Graham Holland's Gaytime Hawk, from Farloe Rumble, two and a half lengths behind, in 29.41 secs with Cable Bay finishing well to snatch the vital third spot a further length behind.
The draw has worked out perfectly for Blitz, drawn in his favoured red box, and with Cable being slow out, that is another factor which should work in Blitz's favour, giving him a clear run to the vital first bend, although the Hawk if on his tail, will finish the stronger and at 4/1 represents great each-way value as stakes will be returned if finishing second.
The line-up in trap order with best odds: 1 Farloe Blitz (6/4); 2 Cable Bay (5/1); 3 Ballymac Matt (7/2); 4 Peregrine Falcon (12/1); 5 Gaytime Hawk (4/1); 6 Farloe Rumble (20/1).